There are sleeping giants in the Falcons attack

There are sleeping giants in the Falcons attack

The Falcons are unlikely to be a good team overall this year. However, I’m more and more convinced that their offense could be quite an interesting unit and give us at least three fantastic starters every week.

Arthur Smith has a strangely difficult relationship with the media but I think he was successful in his Week 1 player rollout.

Kyle Pitts aligned on only 25.7% of its routes. I know everyone has hot ideas about how good Pitts is as a legit X receiver, but he’s a tight end. We want him to run roads against linebackers and safeties. This is where you get real lags.

I firmly believe that Pitts was used so much last year out of necessity because the Falcons were devoid of legitimate outside receiver options. But I must be clear, I also have my own agenda here. It doesn’t matter, tomorrow real tight use is a good thing for its fantastic outlook.

Pitts did pass blocking (20% of pass snaps) a bit more than we’d like in Week 1, but is still a staple in the passing game. He inhaled 33% of the team’s aerial yards. It will soon have monster games.

Drake London That’s why the Falcons don’t have to do so much outside receiver stuff with Pitts this year. The rookie walked straight onto the NFL field and looked like he belonged after very little practice time last month following a preseason injury.

London queues on 90.6% of routes. He can win as a legitimate outside X receiver. He managed 31% of the team’s passing yards and the results were also solid, with 74 yards on five catches. London is one of my favorite buys right now and I think he has a way to the top 20 in receiver production on a regular basis in his rookie year. He’s just a very good player.

Drake London could become a trustworthy fantastic option. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A funnel target tree between Pitts and London is exactly what we signed in Atlanta. Marcus Mariota obviously isn’t a long term answer but can feed those guys underneath to rack up catches.

Finally, it is clear that 2021 was no accident and Arthur Smith clearly understood how to best deploy Cordarelle Patterson. He was awesome in week 1.

He was among the league leaders for running back touches and got a first down on 45.5% of his rushes. The Falcons were punishing as a rushing team and the Saints were always a tough outing for running backs.

It would probably be best if another member of this list stepped in and stayed healthy to keep some of Patterson’s grinder away to keep him cool. However, Patterson looks like a true NFL running back and as long as the Falcons’ offense stays afloat, he will remain one of the most underrated players this fantasy draft season.

A glimmer or a hope of the Cowboys?

I wanted to share this because it’s a good reminder that when Cooper Rush started for Dallas last year, not all the air came out of the ball. That said, this ecosystem is dramatically worse than the Cowboys did last year.

Rush was still aggressive when he entered the court last Sunday, leading all quarterbacks in average throwing depth. So maybe we can set up airyards CeeDee Lamb’s direction. To be clear, things are still pretty dark, but it’s worth noting.

Tua Tagovailoa had the lowest average throwing depth (5.0) among QBs when under pressure in Week 1

Conversely, he ranked in the top six in aDOT when kept clean, according to Pro Football Focus.

It’s important to note that because the Dolphins are dealing with injuries on the offensive line. Left tackle Terron Armstead is questionable for sunday and right tackle austin jackson was placed on short-term IR on Friday morning.

Tyreek Hill was the biggest addition this team made this offseason, but an improved offensive line was a big part of the thesis as to why Tua’s life would be easier in 2022. It’s not ideal to see injuries if early in the year. We’ve seen in recent seasons that Tua would switch passers when there’s extra heat. He also placed last in aDOT under pressure last year. He has point guards that can work really well after capture, but that just caps that whole operation.

The Ravens had a cake game against their old friend Joe Flacco in week 1, but they certainly looked back to form from a pass-defense point of view. Fantasy managers with any level of interest in the Dolphins don’t want to see them play against. Killed behind a compromised offensive line.

Top 5 Neutral Paced Teams


2. Cowboys

3. Eagles

4. Texas

5. Panthers

The Panthers stand out for me on this list. Ben McAdoo’s offenses traditionally play fast and with tempo. He brought that approach to a Carolina offense that desperately needs it.

While I didn’t like what I saw Mayfield Baker or the week 1 passing game, I’m willing to give a temporary bye. Mayfield looked like a guy who didn’t spend a lot of time with this team. It makes sense – because it does.

The Panthers offense looks like what we want structurally. I’m always confident in optimistic projections on guys like Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore.

Eagles rank 11th in neutral success rate

It’s a lot more like the Eagles’ play call from early last year, not the unit that finished the season in the basement in terms of pass attempts. The difference between the Eagles squad from the start of last year and the one we saw in Week 1: That’s work this time.

It helps to have a transformative talent like AJ Brown.

If this type of operation continues in Philadelphia, we will have to fundamentally change the way we approach this offense and its players. Brown could finish in the top five receivers, Jalen hurts would put up some crazy numbers and eventually there will be a trickle down effect for the other pass catchers on the roster.

Top-5 RBs in yards before contact by rush

1 – Leonard Fournette 3.24

2- Javonte Williams 3.14

3 – By André Swift 3.07

4 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire 2.86

5 – Cordarelle Patterson 2.82

Leonard Fournette and the Bucs’ running game looked great despite a litany of offensive line injuries. The veteran fullback looked decisive and raced extremely well on Sunday. There is a strange belief in some fantasy circles that Fournette is not a good fullback and simply takes advantage of it because of his situation. Enough already; Fournette is a good starting guard in the NFL. He was an underdraft player and deserves to be higher in the standings for the rest of the season (be sure to watch his status for Sunday, as he is said to have a hamstring injury).

The Broncos have done a lot of work to ensure Javonte Williams was in space as both a rusher and a receiver in Week 1. I know they just made a huge trade for Russell Wilson during the offseason and everyone was (too) excited about his receiving corps, but the team that took the field in Week 1 looked like a unit where their best player was running back. Williams will likely get more production as a rusher in the future.

Top 5 players in yards after contact by rush

1 – Saquon Barkley 6.83

2 – By André Swift 6.53

3-Miles Sanders 6

4 – Jalen hurts 4.76

5 – Rashaad Penny 4.67

I have a few thoughts here.

Saquon Barkley is return-return. He’s been a bit more of a boom/bust runner than most want to admit since his college days. However, Barkley’s Week 1 version worked decisively and knocked down defenders, consistently gaining extra yardage. If we get this version of Barkley for 17 games, he will easily join Tier 1 of fantasy running backs.

I just gushed about the Eagles passing game early on, but they’re also dynamic on the field. Miles Sander will never be a consistent fantasy option, but he has advantages as a high-roller runner attached to a good offense and a healthy running ecosystem.

You will notice By Andre Swift is on both of these top five lists up there. I love seeing him. Fantasy managers were irritated by this jamal williams siphoned off goal-line work in Week 1. You’re going to have to learn to live with that and not let it bother you; Williams is not leaving. What’s more important is that the Lions’ talented offensive line is almost fully operational (although they’ve had a few injuries this week) when that was often not the case last year and Swift has the look awesome as a runner.

This was not always the case last year. High target totals from early last year likely won’t return for Swift this season Amon-Ra St. Brown a star player. But if he can make up ground as a rusher, it won’t matter much.

Top-5 RBs in Routes Run

1 – Darrell Henderson 39

2 – Joe Mixon 38

3-Jonathan Taylor 34

4-Aaron Jones 28

5 – Javonte Williams 28

A few of these players were spurred on by the game’s script and overtime in Week 1, but we’ve gotten some clarity on receiving the roles.

Darrel Henderson was already locked in a passing job for the Rams before Cam Akers and now with the rookie Kyren Williams – a university pass protection specialist – on IR he should hold this gig easily, working well ahead of Akers as long as he’s healthy. Until that rotation changes, Henderson is one of the top 15 fantasy backs.

Joe Mixon is also interesting here. Some analysts blamed him for his historical lack of involvement as a wide receiver. However, he ran a route on 58% or by Joe Burrow setbacks and accounted for 17% of the team’s goals. He will push for a spot in the top five running backs if that use is the new norm.

For God’s sake, hope we’ll see tomorrow real receive use for Aaron Jones in Week 2. He was tied for team leader in routes run with a few receivers, but was not a featured play in the target pecking order. He’s going to look like a huge Round 2 litter — on several of my teams, by the way — if that doesn’t change.

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